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Vote for Kilmer, a bipartisan leader | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I support Derek Kilmer to be our next congressman for two reasons. First, because he is the only candidate with a real record of working with those across the aisle to deliver results for his constituents.

In the Washington State Senate, Derek helped to pass a bipartisan balanced budget, a bipartisan constitutional amendment to reduce the state debt, and a bipartisan jobs bill that will repair infrastructure and create 20,000 jobs across Washington. The Washington Economic Development Association awarded him Leader of the Year three times for his tireless work to expand our economy and help small businesses.

Second, because he fought to help veterans and their families find housing, employment, educational opportunities, and run thriving businesses, Derek was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and Washington State Council of firefighters have endorsed him because of his commitment to public safety. He ensured that public safety employees have the training, equipment, and benefits they need to perform their service — and to give us peace of mind.

Derek votes with all Washingtonians in mind, not to follow a party line. His judgment, character and thoughtful bipartisan leadership are what we need in Congress.

KERRY SMITH

Bainbridge Island

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